Soccer Rhode Island is a member of US Youth Soccer, the nation's largest youth sports organization.
Founded in the spring of 1974 by Karl Grosch of Washington and Don Greer and Robert Nessler of California, US Youth Soccer was created to unite all youth soccer programs throughout the United States by affiliation and self-government to enhance youth development through national programs. US Youth Soccer offers programs for every age and ability.
The Game for All Kids!® exploded from 100,000 players in 1974 to over 1 million in the early nineties. Today, US Youth Soccer registers over 3.2 million players annually, ages 5 to 19 through 55 US Youth Soccer State Associations. US Youth Soccer programs and events continue to grow and add excitement at every level of the game. In the past five years, US Youth Soccer has further expanded its programs and benefits of membership.
The US Youth Soccer Presidents Cup provides a progressive, competitive experience to US Youth Soccer teams from the state to regional to national level. The Presidents Cup gives players an additional opportunity to compete against teams from across the country at a high level for the joy and the challenge of the game.
2008 marked a number of expansions to existing programs. US Youth Soccer's Soccer Start program expanded to help any area without an organized soccer program develop. The program is now known as Soccer Across America and is charged to provide every child with the opportunity to play soccer, regardless of location or socioeconomic status. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer), is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, and Soccer Across America programs have received over $2 million of US Youth Soccer grants and new programs continue to develop and evolve to expand the game.
2017 marked the 40th anniversary for the US Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Boys and 35th anniversary for the US Youth Soccer ODP Girls. These programs continue to lead the way in elite player identification with countless players advancing to college, U.S. National Teams, Major League Soccer and Women's Professional Soccer.
The US Youth Soccer National League was established in 2007 to provide development and identification opportunities to elite teams seeking the best competition year-round. The league's success was evident this summer when National League teams claimed all four of their age group titles in the US Youth Soccer National Championships.
The US Youth Soccer National Championship Series continues to reign as the country's most prestigious national youth soccer tournament with over 185,000 players on more than 10,000 teams from US Youth Soccer State Associations. Players are given the opportunity to showcase their skills against the best competition in the nation while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The Series consists of three levels and teams earn their way from their state to regional and ultimately the national championships. Annually the US Youth Soccer National Championship Series provides the nation's top collegiate coaches with the premier stage to identify and scout the most coveted players in the country.